PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany

PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany

Addressing the media, PM Modi said, "This is my first visit to Sweden and a visit by an Indian PM after a gap of almost 30 years".

"The prime minister has a duty to safeguard and fight for all of the people of India, not just those who are allied with him politically". He also undertook a short walk with his Swedish counterpart from Sogerska to Rosenbad.

Modi said the duo, in their talks, focused on how Sweden can help India in its development journey.

Both the leaders witnessed signing and exchange of Joint Innovation Partnership and announcement of adoption of the Joint Action Plan.

Modi said India and Sweden have also agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation.

"This agreement would be an important step forward to deepen our bilateral cooperation in the defence domain". "We have chose to strengthen our cooperation in the security sector, particularly in cybersecurity".

Recalling Stockholm's contribution in Make in India project, the prime minister said,"Sweden has been a strong contributor to our "Make in India" program. It is a proud moment for all Indians, to see huge co-operation from Sweden".

A rally to "support PM Modi" and "Oppose Anti India forces" will take place at Parliament Square, also on Wednesday.

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Sweden has a long history of investments in India. We also stressed on increasing co-operation in terms of innovations, investments and start-ups.

"Modi's silence is as perplexing as it is distressing", the Times said, adding he seemed to have failed to learn the lesson of the Congress that did not forcefully respond to protests in late 2012 and early 2013 after a young woman was raped and killed on a public bus in New Delhi.

On his part, Swedish prime minister lauded India "global power" and said the two countries are a "perfect match".

Exchange knowledge and explore cooperation on smart cities, including transit-oriented urban development, air pollution control, waste management, waste-to-energy, waste-water treatment, district cooling and circular economy, including through dialogue and capacity building.

The Nordic countries and India reaffirmed the need for reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion in both permanent and non-permanent seats to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the realities of the 21st century.

Expand research, innovation and business cooperation on new innovative energy technologies through the India-Sweden Innovations' Accelerator, focusing on technologies to utilise renewable energy and energy efficiency.

After Stockholm, Modi travels to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where Britain hopes to bolster its trade ties around the world in anticipation of Brexit. He is first Indian premier to visit the Nordic nation in 30 years.

A series of demonstrations, including a silent protest to condemn the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, have been planned by various groups at Parliament Square here during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United Kingdom this week.

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